Britain is to open the door for other nations to abandon setting compulsory targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions: the principle at the heart of the Kyoto agreement to tackle climate change.This despite the fact that the government's Chief Scientific Advisor warned in 2004 that "climate change is the most severe problem that we are facing today--more serious even than the threat of terrorism".
Margaret Beckett, the Environment Secretary, has told The Observer she is prepared to accept voluntary targets - a move hinted at this autumn by Tony Blair.
The news caused consternation among green campaigners last night. 'Voluntary targets are not worth the paper they are written on,' said Stephen Tindale, head of Greenpeace UK. 'Without mandatory targets [the Kyoto Protocol] is effectively dead.'
Sunday, November 20, 2005
UK moves to destroy Kyoto protocol
It seems that Blair is moving to align himself on a second front in Bush's War To Screw The World: